Article by Alex Rayner

What Superheroes Teach Kids About Money

Ask the kids:

Is being the head of a country with lots of money the same as being the owner of a company worth lots of money? What are the similarities? What are the differences?
Ask the kids:

In economics, these sorts of services, which benefit everyone, are sometimes called public goods. Other examples include free firework displays and open-source software. Can you think of any others? Do you understand why it's hard to charge for these services?
Ask the kids:

Specialism isn’t restricted to superheroes. Have you ever teamed up with your friends to get something done? What special skills did you offer?
Ask the kids:

Have you ever made up a new game, character or story with your friends? What would happen if it ended up being worth millions? Do you think you could decide how to divide the money fairly?
Ask the kids:

Putting your money in odd things like comics is sometimes called alternative investments. Some alternative investors buy old video games, Star Wars toys or football memorabilia. Can you think of other kid-friendly things that might be worth something in a few years’ time?